EXPLORE MANU NATIONAL PARK 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
Price per Person:
UD$860 (8 days)
Please note: This trip can be shortened to 6 days if you take a flight out to
Manu rather than the bus. In this case the cost is US$1060 per person and the
departure date is 2 days later than the fixed dates given below.
Fixed departures for Manu
March: 8, 22.
April: 5, 12, 19, 26.
May: 3., 7., 10, 14., 17., 21., 24., 28.
June: 4., 7., 11., 14., 18., 21., 25., 28.
July: 2., 5., 9., 12., 16., 19., 23., 26., 30.
August: 2., 6., 9., 13., 16., 20., 23., 27., 30.
September: 6., 13., 20.,27.
October: 4., 11., 18., 25.
November: 1., 8., 15., 22., 29.
December: 6., 13., 20., 27.
DAY 1: CUSCO TO PILCOPATA:
We take an 11 hours bus trip from
the city of Cusco ascending to the high mountain area at 4200 m (14,000 feet).
After a short stop in Ninamarca, to see the pre-Inca cemetery, and Paucartambo
village, we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through cloud forest with
lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, etc.) to the lowland rainforest on the Madre de
Dios and Manu Rivers. You will enjoy spectacular views of the Andes and may see
wildlife such as our national bird, the Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola peruviana)
inside a hiding place next to the lek, brilliantly colored Tanagers and
Hummingbirds and with some luck the first monkeys, as e.g. the Wooly Monkey. We
spend the night in a lodge in Pilcopata town.
DAY 2: PILCOPATA TO
breakfast we travel another 1/2 hour to Atalaya at 500 m. Here we embark a
15-meter motorized canoe to travel down the Alto Madre de Dios River for 8
hours. Today you will have the opportunity to see wildlife along the rocky banks
of the rivers, such as Fasciated Tiger Heron, Purplish Jays, King Vultures and
some of the 13 species of monkeys that live in Manu. In the afternoon we arrive
to Blanquillo where we spend the night in a lodge. Optional night walk before
dinner (to see insects, frogs, snakes etc.).
DAY 3: BLANQUILLO MACAW
CLAY LICK TO MAQUISAPAYOJ:
Early in the morning we go to the Macaw Clay Lick and - from a blind - watch
flocks of Parakeets, Parrots and Macaws arriving to eat the clay of the lick.
After the spectacle we pack everything and travel for 45 minutes upstream to
Maquisapayoj. Here we sleep on a platform with mosquito nets close to the mammal
salt lick to observe Tapirs and other mammals at night.
DAY 4: MAQUISAPAYOJ TO
ALBERGUE MATSIGUENKA: On
this day we travel 9 hours upriver into the Manu National Park. During this trip
the wildlife viewing along the banks of the Manu River is fabulous. White
Caimans (Caiman crocodylus) sunning on the beaches, fish in the shallows,
turtels and plenty of colorful birds as e.g. Black Skimmers and Terns may bee
seen; and there is always the possibility of seeing larger animals such as
Capybara, Tapir and Jaguar. In thew afternoon we arrive at the Albergue
Matsiguenka, where we spend the night. Optional nightwalk.
DAY 5: EXPLORING COCHA
SALVADOR: Today we leave
early for a day trip to explore Lake Salvador by catamaran looking for the Giant
River Otters Pteronura brasiliensis), Caimans, Hoatzins and Monkeys. In the
afternoon we go for a walk on some of the trails through the forest. You can
climb the observation tower at Cocha (oxbow-lake) Otorongo. The night is spent
at the Albergue Matsiguenka. Optional nightwalk.
DAY 6: COCHA SALVADOR TO
CUSCO OR YANAYACO:: Today
we travel 8 hours down the Manu River, after a stop in Boca Manu village we make
our way back upriver on the Alto Madre de Dios River. We camp on the beach at
Yanayaco this night. It is possible to fly back from Boca Manu Airstrip to Cusco
in 45 min. ( 6 day tour).
Brown Capuchin Monkey
DAY 7: YANAYACU TO
PILCOPATA: Today we
travel 7 hours upstream, stopping at Aguas Calientes (hot springs) for a bath
and arriving to Atalaya in the afternoon, from where we travel another hour by
bus to Pilcopata, where we spend the night in a Lodge.
DAY 8 : PILCOPATA TO CUSCO:
On this day we travel up to the Andes again to return to Cusco around 5 p.m.
The Tour Includes:
Guide specialized in Manu, specialized birding guide on request
to National Park
(three meals per day, vegetarian on request)
bus and boat transportation
equipment,mosquito netting (except your personal sleeping bag)
to Macaw Clay Lick, Lakes
Things you should
bring for the Manu Trip:
sleeved shirts (cotton is better)
(you can also rent them from)
and films (400 and 200 ASA)
bags for clothes and camera etc.
things (soap, toilet paper. towel etc.)
blocker, sun glasses
bag (can also be rented)
(with spare bulb and batteries)
boots ( only in rainy season, Jan. -April)
For more information and
details how to make a booking please email Andean Enjoy Perú at: